What Issa Rae reads

Issa Rae caught the world’s attention with her YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl, and stole our hearts when she created, co-wrote, and starred in the HBO television series, Insecure. She also penned the New York Times bestseller The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, which boldly navigates Rae’s awkward encounters in the workplace, friendships, body image, and social norms in her signature witty, self-deprecating voice.

So what does this incredibly busy awkward black girl read when she’s not acting, writing and producing? Find out below!

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Issa raved about The Turner House sharing on Instagram, “This book is SO. GOOD. All the props to Angela Flournoy. Brilliant.”

The Turner home has seen decades of love and loss, the raising of 13 children, and the welcoming of grandchildren. But now after 50 years, the neighborhood is crumbling and is no longer safe. What’s worse – widowed Viola can’t stay there any longer, and the family discovers the home is worth just a fraction of the mortgage. As the family returns to discuss options for their home, they explore their complicated past.


This year, I resolve to make white man moves.

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Travels by Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton, bestselling author of Jurassic ParkTimeline, and Sphere takes readers along for the ride on his excursions across the world – from the jungles of Rwanda to the mud pools of Tahiti, where adventure, tragedies, triumphs, and the wonders of the inner world lurk.


If you like Issa’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, we think you’ll also like:

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish, breakout star of Girls Trip, brings us The Last Black Unicorn – an edgy, shocking and very personal collection of essays about living and surviving as the funny girl. Growing up in the foster system in South Central Los Angeles was rough, but Haddish made it through thanks to her sense of humor. It kept her afloat in school, earned her a job, and helped her envision a future for herself as a comedian.


Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

Jojo is 13, and struggling to become a man amidst the shadows of many – his black grandfather, his imprisoned white father, his absent white grandfather, and the memories of his dead uncle. As his mother fights to keep her family together, she drives Jojo and his sister to the state penitentiary when the siblings’ father gets released. There, Jojo finds the ghost of another boy who teaches him about fathers and sons, the cycles of love and violence, and the painful lessons of life.

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Alison Luther

Contributing Writer

Alison Luther is a freelance editor and writer based in Fredericksburg, TX, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her background is in digital consumer content and marketing strategies, but today she focuses on small business marketing, ghostwriting, and writing about all things books on She Reads. In addition to raising longhorn, chickens, and children, she loves to cook and is a voracious reader.

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